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Howl's Moving Castle Film Comic, Vol. 1 (Howl's Moving Castle Film Comics #1)

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Sophie thinks of herself as plain and boring, especially compared to her vivacious younger sister Lettie. Sophie expects to spend the rest of her life quietly making hats in the back room of her family's shop, but as her country prepares for war, she is forced to set out on an extraordinary adventure!

After a escaping the unwanted attentions of some bored soldiers with th
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 2nd 2005 by VIZ Media LLC (first published December 1st 2004)
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Amanda Lila
Dec 16, 2014 Amanda Lila rated it liked it
The movie was awesome, this comic not so much. BUT because of my love for Studio Ghibli and its works I cannot rate this lower than three stars.
sanaz
Jul 24, 2015 sanaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
همه کتابها که نباید فاضلانه و عالمانه باشند. کتابهای بچه ها با تصاویر درخشان و دنیاهای بی نظیر و خلاقشان چیزهایی به آدم می دهند که خیلی کتابهای دیگر ندارند که بدهند. زندگی در این کتابها پرمایه است. بیشتر از آن که فکرش را بکنی.کتاب را به تازگی هدیه گرفته ام و خیلی دوستش می دارم. همین یک جمله اش یک هفته است که به فکر و رویایم برده: وقتی سوفی قلب هاول را به سینه اش بر می گرداند و هاول بیدار می شود می گوید نمی دانم چم شده. سینه ام خیلی تنگ است. سوفی به او می گوید: قلب بار سنگینی است
Pepper Thorn
Mar 27, 2011 Pepper Thorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Howl's Moving Castle is quirky and enchanting. Diana Wynne Jones' writing has an innocent wonder, humor, and subtle wisdom that is pure magic. I have read a shelf-full of her books and loved every one. This book not only didn't disappoint but was a delightful surprise. None of the characters is quite what they seem, even to themselves, and everything is in a lovely, chaotic mess.

I did not read this book for a long time because I saw and loved Hayao Miyazaki's animated masterpiece based on the b
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Cornerofmadness
Dec 12, 2014 Cornerofmadness rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
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Meg Rumbaugh
I liked this story. I appreciated the uniqueness of it. Although it had aspects that are in many books, magic, romance, strong female characters, etc. it was cool to read one of the first novels to incorporate these things. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy Harry Potter or similar books. I liked Sophie because she learns to be strong and she takes control of her life. Something difficult happens in her life and instead of lying down and taking it she goes out to fix her problem.

So
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Mary Orchard
Apr 01, 2015 Mary Orchard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 25-ya-books
Sophie is an unsatisfied young woman with a magical talent in bringing things to life. She embarks on a journey after being cursed by a witch to become an aged woman, to meet Howl (a wizard), and Calcifer (a fallen star), along with other characters. Throughout the novel, Sophie comes to terms with her inner-self and by so doing demonstrates great courage and loyalty, freeing more than just herself from the awful curse given to her by the witch.

I thought this novel was very refreshing in beating
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Emma Baker
Dec 09, 2015 Emma Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sophie is the eldest and believe that, because of this, she will amount to nothing. When she is confronted by the Witch of the Waste, she is cursed. She must look for a destiny on her own and discover more about herself she never believed could be true.

I originally saw the movie version of this and it was so enjoyable to read it and see the differences between the two. I loved all of the characters and the book was beautifully written. I love what it teaches about believing in yourself and how
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Labeba Salameh
لم اتوقع ان انهي الجزء الاول بهذه السرعة بعد انقطاع طويل عن القراءة لسوء الاحوال الصحية
ممتعة
احببتها
اتوقع ان الفلم اكثر بهجة
JttR T
Apr 19, 2008 JttR T rated it really liked it
-copy and pasted
-straight from the
-enchanted film

-sophie has such
-strength and courage
-that i so wish
-i had
~Willow~(Afia)
Feb 06, 2012 ~Willow~(Afia) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story increased my imagination, and just wish there were more sequels!:D
Gayle Gordon
Apr 29, 2016 Gayle Gordon rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Set of four books that are basically stills from the movie plucked out and put into book form to tell the story. I really like the movie, so I like these books. Only slight annoyance is that though the dialog has been translated from Japanese, the sound effects aren't. There is is guide to sound effects at the back of the book, but it would interrupt the flow of reading too much, so I didn't use it. Nice to have the story in book form if you want to relive it and aren't in a position to watch a ...more
Jackie Jenkins
Sophie is the oldest out of three girls. This means her life will be ordinary and boring. That is until the evil Witch of the Waste shows up and turns her into an old lady. Now Sophie's only option is to go hitch a ride with the Wizard Howl (who is known the eat young girls hearts) in hopes that he will figure out she is under a spell and break it for her. Sophie finds all sorts of secrets and discoveries in Howls castle. She didn't know how much adventure she was signing up for.

A very creative
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Anna
Oct 12, 2012 Anna rated it it was ok
Sophie is a quiet and shy girl working in his late father's hat shop. But one day everything changes: she meet a mysterious young man, is chased by some black creatures and finally displease Witch of the Waste, who transform her into a old woman. Sophie can't stay at home any more, so she have to try her wings and venture into the big strange world. Soon she find herself in a moving castle of wizard Howl, who is rumoured to eat a hearts of the young and beautiful women. How can Sophie break the ...more
Jose Esparza
Jun 30, 2012 Jose Esparza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diana Wynne Jones’ novel "Howls Moving Castle" emphasizes many blending of themes. The book’s themes include a combination of love and romance, fate, and determination. Jones synchronizes her message to her readers that love prospers all obstacles in this fantasy novel.

The author makes it clear in this novel about her views of society today. With the addition of wars that create destruction and chaos that solve nothing. In addition the self conscious of appearance being a problem today in socie
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Isaac
Mar 21, 2015 Isaac rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-13-25
I found this story to be an interesting story however difficult to follow. When I read stories that are set in different worlds I am some what disconnected because at times there isn't something I can relate too. A young girl is cursed by a witch and embarks on a epic journey that culminates in some fun surprises.
I liked how the overall story goes, for example the character of Howl is like a mix of Sherlock Holmes, a mad scientist and Dumbledore from harry potter. Some times you just wonder what
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Justin
Oct 19, 2014 Justin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is just formatted into a right-to-left manga style book with stills from the movie. I love that there is a guide in the back of the book for translating all the different sound effects that happen cell to cell.

I love this story! It is so entertaining and I do not grow tired of it. I did find however that there are some scenes in this book that I do not recall from the movie. Perhaps there was more things edited from the movie I watched.
Mackenzie
Feb 17, 2012 Mackenzie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will openly admit that this book has it's flaws (there are a few leaps in character and story that lack development), but I really loved it. Sofie, the main character who has always been certain she will be a failure due to being the first born, has to set out on her own after mistaken identity causes her to be cursed with early old age. Her advanced years give her the courage and surliness to seek employment with the local "wicked" wizard, Howl, as a cleaning lady. There she lives, causing tr ...more
Esther Choi
Oct 30, 2013 Esther Choi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Sophie is an ordinary girl living an ordinary life, but one night, she meets the Witch of the Waste who comes to her hat store. Sophie offends the witch and makes her angry, so the witch turns Sophie into an old woman. This leads to a big journey for Sophie and her quest to undo the spell. She meets many different kinds of fantastical characters, including young wizard Howl, who soon becomes her friend. Sophie starts out being a character who is not confident in herself, but as the story progres ...more
Adam Comstock
Jul 17, 2016 Adam Comstock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 11-20
Summary:
Sophie works for her step-mother’s hat shop, and will eventually own it. Though her future doesn’t seem good as her younger sisters seem to get better fortune. It all seemed normal until her encounter with Howl and the witch of the waste. Now cursed as an old woman, Sophie seeks out a better fortune in Howl’s moving castle, and hopes that she can find a way to break the curse on herself.

My thoughts:
I enjoyed this book though I do like the movie better. This book did have a good amount of
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Alma Q
I loved the book and liked both the anime and this film comic (all four parts, even though I'm only keeping the first one on my shelves). Can't even say with much certainty which one I I was acquainted with first, to be honest...

Anyway, the manga's prettily drawn and captures the essential story quite well, in my opinion. I liked the overall visualisation and enjoyed the obvious Miyazakisms - it's always interesting to see how different artists interpret each other's art -, and I thought this ve
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Jaimie
May 11, 2015 Jaimie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As much as I loved diving back into the story of Howl's Moving Castle (the art, the characters, the magic!), I found this adaptation a bit difficult to read. THe editors included the whole story and all of the details, but the way that the page layout was constructed is a bit messy. The image-stills from the film were well chosen, but their placement on the page was often jumbled and didn't match up with the textual accompaniment. Further complicating the issue was the inclusion of speech bubble ...more
Madeline
Mar 22, 2012 Madeline rated it it was ok
This particular adaptation of Howl's Moving Castle suffers for fault of the medium by which it is being conveyed. By choosing to take screenshots of the film and superimposing dialogue over them, pacing is placed by the wayside. There are too many panels required to show an action as simple as standing because Miyazaki's art style is so fluid and there is so much movement. Had they simply foregone some of the smaller, less essential motions or combined separate actions into a single panel (ie: S ...more
Colsie Froerer
Apr 08, 2015 Colsie Froerer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-13-25
A young girl wanting adventure gets more then she was hoping for. After being cursed by a witch Sophie set out on a journey to find Howl and find herself in the process.

This was a fun read, I had only ever seen the movie so I felt like I knew the story already but the book is different from the movie. I think that this would be a great book for young teens boy or girl. Its a simple enough read but a great story.
Melanie
Mar 09, 2015 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read; it was just like the movie, but added just that little bit extra with more information about the feelings behind the faces and the little things happening in the scenes that I never quite understood hehe fun.
Bindi
Aug 05, 2014 Bindi rated it liked it
Shelves: infm-208
Sophie, a young hat-maker who comes into contact with the Witch of the Waste, who turns the girl in an old woman - and eventually comes into contact with the wizard Howl. Sophie begins work as a cleaner in Howl's magical, moving castle, which appears to be a mish-mash of parts and pieces from other machines and gears all thrown together, and ends up finding refuge there with the friends she meets (not least of which is the fire demon known as Calcifer). Howl's courage (and vanity) inspires Sophi ...more
Crystal
Apr 25, 2012 Crystal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition


I thought this was a great story with unique perspectives which I love about young adult literature. The technique telling it is why I gave it a low rating. Taking into consideration I believe this book was written for a younger audience than an adult, it was somewhat predictable, some parts were confusing to figure out what was going on and lacked good description. Characters were fairly hashed out but nothing spectacular. And character development was jolting at times with character changes t
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Cheyenne Tsao
Howls Moving Castle is different from all the other typical books you'd read. There's plenty of exciting adventures in this book. Though this book is about wizards and magic, there isn't as much adventure as you'd expect. This book was enjoyable but not as much as some others. There are plenty twists and turns but this book isn't exactly what I looking for. All and all, this book was decent but I wouldn't read it again.
Sarah Crawford
Jan 19, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A user of magic with a castle that walks around. Not something one sees every day. This was a really good movie and this book has stills from that movie and information about it.
Clarissa Facundo
really enjoyed this book, i loved the characters, especially wizard howl. some things were different from the movie but still a good book(and Movie).
Erica
Jul 24, 2016 Erica rated it it was amazing
This is probably my favorite Ghibli movie. I was happy to find this book during my trip in Japan. I loved this book. It matches the movie and while reading it, I can picture the movie.
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Hayao Miyazaki was born in Tokyo on January 5, 1941. He started his career in 1963 as an animator at the studio Toei Douga, and was subsequently involved in many early classics of Japanese animation. From the beginning, he commanded attention with his incredible ability to draw, and the seemingly-endless stream of movie ideas he proposed.

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